The New York Knicks clearly are looking for Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause, as they have reached out to the Cavaliers, Clippers, and Celtics about a possible deal; said league sources.
Phil Jackson is shoving Melo out of New York and is determined to find a deal that he would happy with before the February 23rd trade deadline. Their relationship has obviously gone sour as Anthony has been a failed experiment in his five seasons with the New York Knicks. Melo will make $24.6 million this season and has $54 million remaining for the two years he has left on his contract. To free up that cap space would mean a lot to the organization as it would mean they could start building around their solid young core, starting with Kristaps Porzingis.
League sources said that Carmelo Anthony would be interested in a deal with the L.A. Clippers but just like the Cavs, I don’t think this deal is right for the Clippers. L.A. already has a decent squad and the last thing they want to do is add a 32-year old player to their roster.
I don’t believe the deal is right for the Celtics either as they are just beginning to establish their young core as well, so the question is, where will Carmelo Anthony end up? The answer is quite simple, right where he is right now. Carmelo Anthony isn’t leaving New York ladies and gentlemen. He sits firmly in the driver’s seat in terms of trade negotiations as he has a no-trade clause in his contract that he will only waive if he feels like the deal is right for him. Anthony is from New York, he wants to play in New York, but New York doesn’t want him to play there.
The truth is, Melo gets paid too much and has proven that he isn’t worthy of being labeled anything more than just an “average” player at this point of his career. The teams that would need him, would pick him up to have that veteran experience on their roster. The problem is, Anthony doesn’t want to play for those teams and he has that right as he has the choice of not waving his no-trade clause, preventing the Knicks from making a deal with a team he doesn’t want to play for.
It’s nearly impossible for the Knicks to get any young talent or multiple draft picks for Carmelo Anthony. He is 32 years old and at this stage of his career, has little, to no trade value left on his name. So, for now, until Phil Jackson pushes him to his breaking point, expect Carmelo Anthony to remain with the Knicks.